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Culture

What's On at Europe's Museums

Berlin shows 400 works of art from the DDR; a London photo exhibit focuses on people who need plants; Richard Hamilton gets an introspective retrospective in Cologne; love is in the air in Luxembourg.

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Art from the old East Germany at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie

Retrospective on GDR Art

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Twelve years after reunification, the Neue Nationalgalerie is showing a representative overview of 40 years of art in the GDR. The exhibit represents around 400 works from more than 130 artists in the categories of painting, drawing collage, sculpture, photography and film. The rich material is woven together to give a look at how different artists dealt with doctrines of formalism and social realism. Taken as a whole, the works show that despite cultural and political limitation and repression, a diverse multiplicity of artistic expression – especially in such art centers as Berlin, Dresden, Halle and Leipzig – was possible.
"Kunst in der DDR: Eine Retrospective" through October 26, 2003; Saturday and Sunday 11a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday.

A Gardener's Labyrinth: Portraits of People, Plants and Places; Photographs by Tessa Traeger and Patrick Kinmonth

National Portrait Gallery, London Following a recent commission from the National Portrait Gallery to photograph important British horticulturalists for its collection, Tessa Traeger and Patrick Kinmonth have photographed more than 50 sitters working in the field, including gardeners, garden history writers, plant finders, garden designers and artists who are shaping new attitudes to plants and gardeners. Traeger, one of the outstanding still-life photographers of her generation, has exhibited regularly since 1978 in Paris, London, Hamburg and New York. She is especially known for her photographs taken on large format cameras, many of which were published during her long association with British Vogue. Her collaborator on this project, Patrick Kinmonth, is known as an opera designer, as a writer on many aspects of the arts and as an artistic director working with many leading photographers.

"A Gardener's Labyrinth: Portraits of People, Plants and Places by Tessa Traeger and Patrick Kinmonh" until October 19. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Richard Hamilton – Introspective

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Richard Hamilton, certainly one of the most important living English artists, can be seen as the founding father of "pop art" – even if he himself never became a pop artist. In the 1950s he introduced to the art world images of mass culture, and the newly developed technologies of the 20th century. The exhibit reunites his finest works from around the world, and is the first retrospective of his works to be shown in the past 10 years. It includes around 160 pieces on various themes, as well as documentation on and reconstruction of such legendary installations as "Growth and Form" (1951), "This is Tomorrow" (1956) and "An Exhibit" (1957).

"Richard Hamilton – Introspective" through November 9, Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Monday.

Something about love

Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'Art Contemporain, Luxembourg

Many works of art deal with the subject of love. They could represent the shaping of sentiments and situations lived and imagined by the artist. They can also, in a more indirect, abstract manner, show the complexity of human relations when love, the desire to be loved, and the search for a life with love plays a central role in life. Finally, they can simply evoke -- via subject or feeling -- ties to real or fictive love, leaving the spectator a great liberty of interpretation. The Casino Luxembourg wants to show all those facets in a group show with works by Cristian Alexa, Yvette Brackman, Eva & Adele, Frances Goodman, Jesper Just, Sieglinde Klupsch, Jill Mercedes, Sam Samore, Enzo Umbaca, Iliko Zautashvili, Yi Zhou.

"Something about love" runs through September 21, Wednesday through Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.